Jerry Zeniuk, Paintings: 22 February – 28 March 2020

Slewe Gallery Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition with new paintings by the Munich based American artist Jerry Zeniuk (*1945). The show will open Saturday February 22 and will last until March 28, 2020.

Color is essential in the painting of Zeniuk. According to Zeniuk colors are not only carriers of emotion, but their interaction reflects social and human relationships in general as well. His recent canvases use different colored circles or dots or forms to create color interactions that create a specific pictorial space. They float on a whitish-grayish colored or raw canvas, that suggest space, occupied with light. The edges of these dots are in some cases sharp, in other vague and atmospheric. They are brought into a harmonious equilibrium and have a strong spatial effect. 'Beauty', philosophically and visually, is the ultimate goal in the paintings. Zeniuk became known in the seventies, when he participated at the Fundamental Painting show in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1975. Since then his paintings developed from a monochrome plane, in which several colored layers have been put on top of each other, towards compositions of contrasting color planes or dots next to each other …

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Kees Smits: 18 January – 15 February 2020

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition with new works by the 75-years old Dutch painter Kees Smits (*1945). Some of his new multi paneled works are compositions of new and early works from the late seventies. The exhibition shows an astonishing consistent and varied artistic development of almost 45 years. The show will open Saturday January 18 and will last until February 15, 2020. You can listen to an interview with the artist by Robert van Altena on line if you click here.

The flat Dutch landscape forms the basis for his abstract geometric paintings, in which different points of view are brought together in one image. Kees Smits builds his paintings according to his own strict formal rules, but the imagination, 'the elevation of material', as he himself says, remains essential. In his work one always recognizes recurring motifs, such as arrows, numbers, waves, spirals, eight forms, circles and open cubes, which refer to the process of making and viewing, but one also recognizes the simplified references of figure and landscape …

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